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Director of Finance and Administration
WUCF-TV

Orlando, FL

Rita Echeverria joined the PMBA Board of Directors in June 2017. She has been at WUCF-TV since August 2013 and currently serves as the Director of Finance and Administration. She is responsible for the station’s budget, financial statements, audit, compliance, HR and grants. Echeverria served as Interim Executive Director for the station from December 2015 through May 2016. Echeverria worked for the University of Central Florida College of Medicine-Regional Extension Center for two years as Assistant Director of Finance and Accounting before joining the station. Prior to working at UCF, Echeverria worked as a Controller for a real estate developer, Financial Reporting Manager for various real estate management companies and an Auditor for medium - and large - size CPA firms. Echeverria received her bachelor’s degree in Commerce, major in Accounting from Assumption College, Philippines.

General Manager and Associate Vice President
WUSF Public Media

Tampa, FL

 

JoAnn Urofsky leads WUSF Public Media which includes WUSF TV, WUSF 89.7, and Classical WSMR in Tampa, Florida. Prior to serving in her current role at WUSF Public Media, JoAnn was station manager of WUSF 89.7 in Tampa and WGCU-FM in Fort Myers, Florida. She was program director of jazz station WAER in Syracuse, New York, and worked at West Virginia Public Radio as jazz director, reporter, Morning Edition host, and cultural affairs producer. She began her career as a commercial radio deejay working at country, MOR, and adult contemporary stations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Urofsky has served local and national civic, charitable, and professional groups. She is the chair of NETA (National Educational Telecommunications Association), is in her second term on the board of directors of PBS, is vice chair of the public TV organization Affinity Group Coalition and has served two terms on the board of directors of NPR. She has been on the board of Public Radio Program Directors, Inc., Greater Public, Station Resource Group and Radio Research Corporation. In Tampa, she is a past president of the Athena Society and of the Network of Executive Women and has been a board member of Leadership Tampa Alumni. She served as marketing chair on the executive committee of the Tampa Bay Partnership. She’s a Leadership Florida alum. In Syracuse she served as vice president of Women in Communications Inc., and was a national judge for the Clarion Award.

Urofsky received her B.A from The Pennsylvania State University and earned her M.A. at Syracuse University.

 

Finance Director
WQED Multimedia

Pittsburgh, PA

Mike Waruszewski is the Chief Financial Officer and member of the executive staff for WQED Multimedia. At WQED, he is responsible for compiling the annual company operating and capital budget, overseeing the annual audit process, cash flow, and compliance with FCC and CPB financial regulations, as well as, facilities, information technology and human resources. He is staff liaison with the WQED Board of Directors on all financial matters and reports to the Finance, Business and Operations Committee and Audit Committee on WQED’s financial structure. He serves on WQED’s Capital Needs Committee to plan and fund updates to WQED’s technical and broadcast capabilities and improvements to the WQED building and campus.

Chief Financial Officer
KPBS

San Diego, CA

Vince is an experienced financial executive with over 35 years of progressive responsibilities in accounting, finance, operations, strategic planning and business development.

He started his career as a CPA at Ernst & Young and rapidly progressed to Senior Manager focusing on a variety of public and privately held organizations including retail/wholesale, manufacturing, technology, publishing and non-profit institutions including several colleges and universities.

Vince has been with KPBS since 2010 and oversees the business administration and financial management functions for the station’s multi-million dollar budget. In that capacity he works closely with the senior management team at San Diego State University and its related Research Foundation. Prior to joining KPBS he served as Chief Financial and Operating Officer in several organizations including an international publisher of management training programs, a privately held engineering and IT organization, a large dietary supplement organization and an international apparel brand in the action sports market.

Vince graduated Cum Laude from Ohio University.

Director of Finance and Administration
Kansas Public Radio

Lawrence, KS

Nicole Banman has served as the Director of Finance and Administration at Kansas Public Radio (KPR) and the Audio-Reader Network in Lawrence, Kansas, for nearly ten years. Nicole was born and raised in Kansas, earning her B.S. in Accounting from Kansas State University in 2006 and her M.S. in Accounting from the University of Kansas in 2011. Her entire career consists of work in the nonprofit accounting sector. Prior to working at KPR, she served as the Finance Director for an academic research department at KU Medical Center. In addition to her position at KPR, Nicole works as the Director of Finance for Kaw Valley Soccer Association, she is a member of the Board of Directors for the Sexual Trauma and Abuse Care Center, and she serves as the Treasurer for her son’s Boy Scout troop #61.  In addition to overseeing all of the accounting, budgeting, and administrative functions of KPR and Audio-Reader, Nicole serves as the Compliance Officer for the station. She ensures that KPR maintains full compliance with FCC and CPB regulations. Nicole is responsible for developing separate budgets for KPR and Audio-Reader, both of which are licensed to the University of Kansas. The combined annual budgets for which Nicole is responsible amount to $3M. She is an advocate for public broadcasting and enjoys reaching out to her community to promote the industry.

Senior VP, Human Resources
Public Broadcasting Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

Kenneth Brown has been in public broadcasting for more than 18 years, with experience in HR and overseeing technical areas of IT and engineering. He also serves as a strategic senior operational leader at PBA.

Director of Learning and Development
PBS

Arlington, VA

 

Kristen Crockett is the Director of Learning and Development for PBS where she connects people and departments, develops leaders, and empowers teams. She is responsible for PBS’s learning and development strategy, creating leadership programs and sessions for PBS employees and teams. She also leads PBS University, which offers personal and professional development sessions. Kristen holds a B.A. in Communications from Loyola University in New Orleans, an M.A. in Film and Video from American University, and a J.D. from George Washington University.

Business and Information Manager
WGVU

Grand Rapids, MI

Megan Daey is currently the Business & Information Manager at WGVU Public Media in Grand Rapids. Prior to working for WGVU, she served as the Vice President of Finance at Pitchfork , specializing in budgeting, payroll administration, human resource management, and account management. Megan holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Accounting from DePaul University.

Director of Finance
WGCU Public Media

Fort Myers, FL

Bio coming soon.I have over 15 years’ experience in public broadcasting and 25 years financial experience with multiple positions in accounting, budgeting, reporting and management. I currently work as Director of Finance at WGCU in Fort Myers, Florida (a medium-size university joint licensee) and formerly worked at ideastream in Cleveland, Ohio (a large community joint licensee). Prior to joining public broadcasting, I held accounting jobs with other non-profits, including a community action agency and a public housing authority. My experience and diverse background gives me a unique perspective of where public broadcasting has been but also knowing the heights we can achieve.

Senior Controller and Manager of the Western Office
National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) Business Center

Bozeman, MT

Carol is a Senior Controller and Manager of the Western Office for the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) Business Center. She is a Montana native and has lived in Bozeman Montana for over 30 years. She holds a BS in Business Marketing, a Masters in Accountancy both from Montana State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. She has over 20 years of business and accounting experience practicing in the public, private and non-profit sectors as well as in commercial and public broadcasting. She has served on numerous boards and committees over the years and is closely involved with her local school parent and fundraising committees. Carol enjoys spending time with her husband Bill, son David, her Mom, and family enjoying all that Big Sky Country has to offer.

Director, Finance & Administration
KWMU-FM

St. Louis, MO

Maureen Hughes began her career as a CPA with PWC specializing in the ever complex health care industry. After six years, she transitioned to the corporate finance department of a very large NFP health care system gaining experience in mergers & acquisitions, strategic planning, tax exempt bond issues, IRS and Medicare compliance and audits and more. Desiring to contribute her talents in a smaller, entrepreneurial environment where decisions are made more quickly, she served as CFO for several small/medium firms in several different industries. In October 2013, as a fan of St. Louis Public Radio, she spotted an opening there, jumped on it and has been living the dream ever since. After many years of living in the suburbs of St. Louis where good school districts exists, Maureen now lives in and loves the City of St. Louis with all of its diversity and issues. Further, Maureen now has a commute of only five miles to STLPR which is located in the arts and culture area of mid-town. She has a passion for social justice and volunteers in some of the poorest areas of the City. Maureen joined the PMBA Board of Directors in June 2017.

Executive Director, Marketing and Member Experience
Greater Public

Minneapolis, MN

 

Andrew Leitch is the Director of Marketing and Member Station Relations at Greater Public. He is responsible for bringing together the company’s marketing, membership, and data strategies to strengthen the value of Greater Public membership and foster deeper engagement with its services. He is the co-creator of YPpubmedia, a volunteer-led group focused on connecting young professionals in public media to supportive national networks. Andrew believes that a strong support system for emerging professionals is critical to the health of the public media system.

Andrew currently serves on the board of the Alternative Motion Project, a professional dance company in his adopted hometown of Minneapolis. He has a Bachelor's in Music Business from the University of Miami and a Master's in Arts Management from St. Mary's University of Minnesota.

Andrew serves as an Ex Officio Member.

President
South Carolina ETV

Columbia, SC

Bio coming soon.


CARS, Inc.

Bio coming soon.

Director of Financial Planning & Analysis
WAMU 88.5 American University Radio

Washington, DC

Michael Scher is the director of financial planning and analysis at WAMU 88.5 American University Radio. He was formerly the assistant director of business operations at American University’s Law School, where he was responsible for procurement activities, campus auxiliaries, internal financial reporting, and grants management. Mr. Scher is an accountant and attorney, having received his J.D., cum laude, from American University in 2013 and his master’s degree in accounting in 2019. His interest in public media comes from his undergraduate studies in journalism at American University’s School of Communication.

Director, Business Development
NPR

Washington, DC

Joe Schifano is the Director of Business and Fiscal Affairs for NPR’s Distribution Division, which manages the Public Radio Satellite System (PRSS). In this position, Joe leads the team responsible for divisional financial reporting, budgeting, billing, collections, contracts and marketing support. He also represents NPR and NPR Distribution at key industry conferences such as the National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas.

Joe has served NPR for more than 21 years, beginning his career as Chief Accountant in NPR’s Finance Division. In 1997, he joined the NPR Distribution and PRSS team, in which he has served in a leadership capacity ever since. Joe has also held the position of Adjunct Faculty Professor at the Northern Virginia Communicate College for 26 years, teaching such courses as accounting, finance and statistics.

Joe earned both his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Accounting and his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Finance from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Prior to his service with NPR, Joe worked as the Controller for a regional retail organization serving Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Andrew serves as an Ex Officio Member.